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Demand for contract lawyers to be pushed up by market uncertainty


By Neasa MacErlean

16 December 2015 at 09:02 BST


Pricing pressure and uncertainties over workflow are two of the main drivers behind the growing demand for freelance lawyers, according to the founder of a new online marketplace in Australia.

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Jarred Hardman, CEO of Crowd & Co, the new freelance lawyer employment platform, says that the legal industry worldwide will start to take part in something called the 'gig economy' - matching waves of work demand with a flexible supply of workers. 

Downward pressure

Mr Hardman says that law firms have not managed to stop the price pressures they face. He said: 'They've done a lot of restructuring of their cost base, but that downward pressure is still there. They need to find a better way of [responding].' Mr Hardman suggests that part of the response will be matching employee costs to the revenue they can generate, by hiring lawyers on a flexible basis. Source: Lawyers Weekly

 
   
 
 
 

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